Ferris wheel

Ferris wheel

[fer-is]
noun
an amusement ride consisting of a large upright wheel rotating on a fixed stand and having seats around its rim suspended freely so that they remain right side up as they revolve.

Origin:
1890–95; named after G. W. G. Ferris (died 1896), American engineer

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Ferris wheel (ˈfɛrɪs)
 
n
a fairground wheel having seats freely suspended from its rim; the seats remain horizontal throughout its rotation
 
[C19: named after G.W.G. Ferris (1859--96), American engineer]

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Ferris wheel
1893, Amer.Eng., from U.S. engineer George W.G. Ferris (1859-96), who designed it for the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, 1893. It was 250 feet tall and meant to rival the Eiffel Tower, from the 1889 Paris Exposition.
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